"In these thirteen stories [...] the softening feminine influence is almost wholly absent..."
MEN WITHOUT WOMEN
By Ernest Hemingway
First edition of Hemingway's second short-story collection, a beautiful copy in the second-issue dust jacket (within a month of the first issue).
Near fine in very good jacket.
MEN WITHOUT WOMEN
"Men Without Women may have struck you as a punk title and if it did please cable me and I'll try and work for another one." – Hemingway, letter to Maxwell Perkins, 19 February 1927
Hemingway began writing stories in this collection the same year that he published his first short story collection, IN OUR TIME – but in the intervening years, his career would change dramatically. Fresh off the heels of THE SUN ALSO RISES (1926), MEN WITHOUT WOMEN sold out its first printing (and much of its second) within a month. While a number of the stories here first appeared in publications like THE LITTLE REVIEW and THE NEW REPUBLIC, MEN WITHOUT WOMEN also includes four never before published stories: "Ten Indians"; "A Pursuit Race"; "Now I Lay Me"; and "A Simple Enquiry," which explores a homosexual attraction between two men on the front in Italy during World War I.
Read more: Grissom, Ernest Hemingway: A Descriptive Bibliography, A.7.1.a (Jacket C); Baker (editor), Ernest Hemingway, Selected Letters, 1917-1961.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1927. 7.5'' x 5.25''. Original black cloth, gilt printed title labels on front board and spine. In original unclipped ($2.00) dust jacket with orange bands, blurbs printed within top and bottom bands of front panel. Yellow pictorial endpapers; fore-edge uncut. , 232 pages. Book with touch of rubbing to spine ends. Jacket one short closed tear to front panel, spine somewhat toned, only shallow chipping at spine head.
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